Homestand Highlights

St. Louis (June 8, 2012) – Returning home from the season’s longest road trip, the Cardinals are back at Busch for their first glimpse of the American League in interleague play. The 9-game homestand features 3-game sets with the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and cross-state rivals, Kansas City Royals. Fans can take advantage of great games and activities throughout the homestand including the Ritz Kickoff to Summer Weekend, Cardinals Block Party and Pooches in the Ballpark.

 

Friday, June 8, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Cleveland Indians (7:15 p.m.)

 

  • Fireworks Night: Peabody Energy is proud to present Fireworks Night at Busch Stadium. Bring the entire family to watch the Cards take on the Indians in interleague play, and stay in your seat after the game to watch a dazzling fireworks display against the St. Louis skyline.

 

  • Busch Bash Friday: Enjoy live music, prizes and autographs in the Ford Plaza from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The first 200 fans to line up at the Busch Bash entrance (Gate 5), starting at 4:45 p.m., will be given guaranteed autograph line tickets for Cardinals left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski. Only fans with autograph tickets will receive an autograph. Busch Bash Fridays are sponsored by Busch Beer.

 

  • Ritz Kickoff to Summer Weekend: All ticketed- fans ages 15 and younger will receive a free ticket to a future Cardinals home game, compliments of Ritz.

 

Saturday, June 9, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Cleveland Indians (6:15 p.m.)

 

  • Kickoff to Summer Block Party: There’s a Block Party next to Busch this weekend, and you’re invited. Whether you plan on catching the Cardinals game or just want to kick off your weekend with some family fun, come enjoy live music from Griffin and the Gargoyles, food and drinks, stilt-walkers, jugglers, magicians, inflatables for the kids and more. Have a drink at the Budweiser Build-a-Bar, eat a snack at the Hardee’s Mobile Diner and recycle your waste at the Coke Recycling Education Vehicle. The party starts this Saturday, June 8 at 2:30 p.m. and goes until 5:00 p.m., commenced by a 6:15 p.m. first pitch. Fredbird and his Team hope to see you at Ballpark Village for the free Kickoff to Summer Block Party! 

 

  • Ritz Kickoff to Summer Weekend: All ticketed- fans ages 15 and younger will receive a free ticket to a future Cardinals home game, compliments of Ritz.

 

  • Six Flags Day: What a great way to start summer! Fredbird’s Looney Tunes friends will be here to present kids, 48” inches and under, with a free ticket to Six Flags, valid any weekday (Monday-Friday) through July 6, 2012.

 

  • Family Attractions Card Day: Stop by Ford Plaza to pick up your ticket to summer in St. Louis. 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will receive The Family Attractions card. Perfect for families looking for summer fun and activities, The Family Attractions Card offers thousands in savings at local area attractions, restaurants and lodging.

 

  • Miss Missouri to Throw First Pitch: Miss Missouri USA 2012 Katie Kearney will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Katie, who represented Missouri in the June 3 Miss USA Pageant, is the daughter of former NFL linebacker Tim Kearney. She is currently studying at Saint Louis University, where she is majoring in Communication.

 

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3 from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Cleveland Indians (1:15 p.m.)

 

  • Pitch, Hit and Run: The Cardinals are hosting the Team Championship round of MLB’s annual Pitch, Hit and Run Competition. The top 12 boy and top 12 girl qualifiers from Cardinal Nation will compete in three categories Sunday morning at Busch Stadium – The Pitch, The Hit and The Run –in hopes of advancing to the National Finals at the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Kids Lunch Cooler Bag Day: Ticketed- fans ages 15 and younger will receive a lunch cooler bag – perfect for summer camps and classes – compliments of Powerade and Shop ‘n Save.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3 from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 

  • North Star Ice Cream Sunday: All fans can visit the Ford Plaza during pregame for free frozen treats (while supplies last) sponsored by North Star. Bring the entire family to the plaza as there will be music, games, prizes and plenty of fun in addition to the delicious frozen desserts.

 

  • Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15-years-old and under are able to live out their dreams as they are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms.

 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Chicago White Sox (7:15 p.m.)

 

  • Rawlings Replay Collection: Fans are encouraged to donate new or gently used baseball and softball equipment at special bins conveniently located at each entrance to the stadium, as part of “Rawlings Replay.” Established in 2011, “Rawlings Replay,” supports Redbird Rookies, the flagship program of Cardinals Care, which provides disadvantaged youth with the opportunity to play baseball for free, as well as a variety of other support services.

 

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping to support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, on the first baseline concourse, Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and in section 452 of the Terrace level.

 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Chicago White Sox (7:15 p.m.)

 

  • Ice Mountain Autograph Night: Fans, ages 20 and under, can get autographs from current players before the game from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. From 6:30 p.m. to 7:15, all fans can get autographs from Cardinals alumni.

 

  • Fox Sports Telecast from UMB Champions Club: Fox Sports Midwest will bring their telecast from the booth to the fans when they broadcast live from the UMB Champions Club located on the second level of the stadium! Fans with Champions Club tickets can stop by and watch as Jim Hayes, Cal Eldred, Dan McLaughlin and Al Hrabosky call the game.

 

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3 from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 

Thursday, June 14, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Chicago White Sox (7:15 p.m.)

 

  • Battle at Busch: Busch Stadium is proud to host the Battle at Busch in conjunction with Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The 2012 schedule features 15 local bands over the course of five nights, at five different Cardinals’ home games out in Ford Plaza. Tonight’s battle features Emmaus Band, We Live In Public and Between The Rivers. Bands begin performing 20 minutes after the gates open with each act given 20 minutes to perform. Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The top three scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on October 2nd in the “Battle At Busch” finals for the grand prize package consisting of a $1,057 store credit to Mozingo Music, an in-studio interview on 105.7 The Point, and the special opportunity to take the field before a Cardinals home game for a ceremony and the opportunity to throw out an honorary pitch.

 

  • The Freshest Beer in St. Louis: During today’s game, fans can cool off with the freshest beer in St. Louis! Day- fresh beer will be available at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar and at any “Bottoms Up” beer stands throughout Busch. Enjoy an ice cold Budweiser beer brewed the same day you drink it!
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3 from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball and support a variety of charities.

 

St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival (Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17)

The Brewers are coming to Ballpark Village. No, not those Brewers; Brewmasters from St. Louis area breweries! Watch the Cards take on the Indians, and then check out the brewers at the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival. With unlimited samples of over 80 beers from 15 local breweries, gourmet food (available for purchase) and live music, a good time is sure to be had. Tickets are $30.00 in advance with a limited number available on the day of the festival for $35.00. The event will take place in the Ballpark Village lot across from Busch Stadium. For more information, including session times, visit www.stlbrewfest.com.

 

Friday, June 15, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (7:15 p.m.)

 

  • Meramec Caverns Day: Fans 15-years-old and under with a ticket will receive a coupon valid for a cave tour and boat ride at Meramec Caverns. 

 

  • Busch Bash Friday: Enjoy live music, prizes and autographs in the Ford Plaza from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The first 200 fans to line up at the Busch Bash entrance (Gate 5), starting at 4:45 p.m., will be given guaranteed autograph line tickets for former Cardinals manager and Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog. Only fans with autograph tickets will receive an autograph. Busch Bash Fridays are sponsored by Busch Beer.

 

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping to support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, on the first baseline concourse, Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and in section 452 of the Terrace level.

 

  • In-Stadium All-Star Voting Ends: In-stadium voting for the 2012 All-Star Game ends Friday, June 15, but that doesn’t mean voting is over! Fans can still help send their favorite Cardinals to Kansas City by voting online a total of 25 times until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, June 28. The Cardinals currently have six leaders at their positions: Lance Berkman (2nd), Rafael Furcal (2nd), David Freese (2nd), Yadier Molina (1st), Carlos Beltran (2nd) and Matt Holliday (6th).

 

Saturday, June 16, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (1:15 p.m.)

 

  • 8th Annual Purina® Pooches in the Ballpark: Fans who purchased a special ticket are allowed to bring their dog to the game in a pet-friendly section of the stadium. Participants will take part in pre-game costume parade around the warning track, and enjoy a performance by the Purina® Incredible Dog Team. For more information, visit cardinals.com\pooches.
  • Purina Pet Bowl Day: The first 25,000 ticketed- fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a Cardinals water or food bowl for their pet… or Fredbird!

 

  • Cardinals Care Jersey Day: All fans can purchase scratch-off tickets from roaming volunteers for a chance to win a game-used Cardinals jersey from today's game. Proceeds benefit Cardinals Care.
  • High School Seniors All-Star Baseball Game: Join us for Delta Dental's second annual Coaches' Choice High School Seniors All-Star baseball game. Coached by Cardinals alumni, Scott Cooper and Kerry Robinson, players from over 30 St. Louis-area high schools will take the field after the Cards battle the Royals. The game is free to all. Delta Dental will also hold a raffle to benefit Cardinals Care, Give Kids A Smile and Delta Dental Health Theatre organizations. Fans will have the chance to win exciting prizes including the opportunity to meet Cardinals third baseman, David Freese, along with four field-level tickets to the Cardinals home game on Saturday, August 4, 2012; four tickets to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Kansas City on July 10, 2012; as well as autographed jerseys from David Freese and Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright.

 

Sunday, June 17, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (1:15 p.m.)

 

  • Manager Mike Matheny Pennant Day: All ticketed-fans ages 15 and under will receive a collectible Coca Cola and Pasta House Cardinals pennant highlighting the Cardinals new manager, Mike Matheny.

 

  • North Star Ice Cream Sunday: All fans can visit the Ford Plaza during pregame for free frozen treats (while supplies last) sponsored by North Star. Bring the entire family to the plaza as there will be music, games, prizes and plenty of fun in addition to the delicious frozen desserts.

 

Monday, June 18, 2012 — Scheduled Day Off

 

  • PNC High School Showcase: The top high school players from the Metro St. Louis area will compete at Busch Stadium in the 3rd Annual PNC Bank High School Baseball Showcase presented by Rawlings. The All-Star game, featuring select graduating seniors from both sides of the river, will play a Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star game beginning at 1:15 p.m. Fans can come early and catch a homerun derby and skills competition beginning at 10:00 a.m. Admission is free. Former Cardinal and current ESPN Radio personality Chris Duncan will join fan favorite and Cardinal’s assistant batting Coach John Mabry as a team manager. Cardinals draft choice and son of Manager Mike Matheny, Tate Matheny, is one of many talented high-schoolers on the 2012 PNC High School Showcase roster.

 

 

 

More Fan Fun

 

On Sale Now: New Cardinals Magazine Highlighting Lynn and La Russa

The new issue of Cardinals Magazine is available Friday, June 8th for just $5 at all gates and the Team Store. Highlights from this issue include:

  • The rise of Lance Lynn as the club’s most consistent starter to date
  • A behind-the-scenes look at Tony La Russa’s number retirement ceremony with his former players and colleagues
  • A 10th anniversary reflection of the week that shook Cardinal Nation: the deaths of Jack Buck and Darryl Kile
  • An update on fast-rising prospect Kolten Wong
  • The latest edition of Lance Berkman’s journal, “Puma’s Pad”
  • “Postcards from Hollywood” featuring soap star Drake Hogestyn
  • An enticing new offer in Ballpark Bites
  • A scorecard and article where you can learn to score the “Cardinal Way”

To subscribe, call 314.345.9303 or visit cardinals.com/publications.

 

Build-A-Mac & Cheese

There’s a giant noodle outside of Busch Stadium! And inside, there’s a Build-A-Mac & Cheese. With flavors like buffalo, BBQ, spicy garden, and even build-your-own, there’s something for everyone. Stop by section 148 and choose your cheese today.

 

Cardinals Social Media

Join the Cardinals throughout the season on a variety of social media platforms including Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals), Pinterest (pinterest.com/cardinalsmlb), Tumblr (stlcardinals) and Google + (St. Louis Cardinals). Fans will get an inside look at the team, exclusive promotions and giveaways, breaking club news, behind-the-scenes photos, videos and much more. For more info, and a list of verified player twitter accounts, visit cardinals.com/connect.

  • Facebook Fridays with Fredbird: Come spend time with Fredbird and Team Fredbird every Friday for our Facebook Fridays with Fredbird. Each week they will appear in a high profile, populated location within the community to give away a select number of free tickets or items on a first come, first serve basis. All fans will be offered a discount ticket offer and the chance to take their picture with Fredbird! To find out where Fredbird will be each week follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/cardinals and on Twitter @Cardinals.

 

Birds on the Ballot

Ready to Vote Cardinals? The 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot is now available! Fans can vote online to send their favorite Cardinals to the 2012 MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City, Missouri. Eight Cardinals players are on the ballot including: Carlos Beltran, Lance Berkman, David Freese, Rafael Furcal, Tyler Greene, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and Yadier Molina. Fans can vote a total of 25 times online at MLB.com and from mobile devices until Thursday, June 28 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Ballots are also available at Busch Stadium where fans can vote until Friday, June 15.

 

Cardinals Authentics

Fans will want to stop by the Cardinals Authentics store in Ford Plaza, the only place to get official, game-used, limited edition and autographed Cardinals memorabilia directly from the team. New this year are a number of exciting 2011 World Championship themed items, as well as items commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the 1982 World Championship. Fans can now order an engraved bat from Louisville Slugger, the official bat of MLB. Cardinals Authentics has a variety of items to fit every budget.

 

Exclusive 2011 World Series Champions Fan Jewelry Collection

Fans can now celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Series Championship with the Fan Collection—crafted by Jostens, the same jewelers who created the team ring. Jostens master jewelers are experts in the art of storytelling through intricate designs that are timeless symbols of achievement and inspiration. Combining artistry with innovative technology, every piece of the 2011 World Series Champions Fan Collection is crafted with passion and creativity. To order, call 855.WC.RINGS or visit cardinals.com/rings. Many items from the collection, which includes rings, necklaces, cufflinks, money clips and more, are on sale at the Team Store at 8th and Clark. All items will be made to order; however, a limited number of posters, key rings and paperweights will be available for immediate purchase.

 

Busch Bash Fridays

Enjoy live music, prizes and autographs in the Ford Plaza from 5:30 to 6:30 every Friday night, beginning two hours prior to every home game. The first 200 fans that line up at the Busch Bash entrance (Gate 5) will be given guaranteed autograph line tickets starting two hours and thirty minutes prior to the game. Busch Bash Fridays are sponsored by Busch Beer.

 

Cardinals Green Team

Last year, as part of the “4 A Greener Game” initiative, The Cardinals Green Team diverted over 535 tons of materials from local landfills. The Green Team is a group of volunteers who walk down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings collecting recyclables from fans and promoting recycling at Busch Stadium. In exchange for their services, volunteers are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium, as collections are only done in-between innings and during pitching changes so as not to disturb fans trying to watch the game. To volunteer or learn more, visit cardinals.com/green.

 

Cave Dwelling – Be Sure to Cast Your Vote for our Cardinals Cave Dweller Kyle Thompson!

Entering its second year, the redesigned MLB Fan Cave hosts fan events, concerts, MLB player and celebrity appearances, as well as nine Cave Dwellers who are attempting to watch every game of the 2012 MLB season while. Along the way, online fans will help decide who gets to stay in the MLB Fan Cave and who gets eliminated, with one eventual winner crowned before the end of the World Series. This year, Cardinals fan and Oklahoma native Kyle Thompson is vying for your votes as he hopes to be the “last fan standing.” Support Cardinals fan and cave dweller Kyle Thompson by following him on Facebook (facebook.com/KyleOKC) and Twitter (@KyleOKC), and by voting. Two dwellers have already been eliminated, so be sure to show your support for Kyle.

 

Fan-Friendly Values

 

  • AAA Member Discount: Members of the Automobile Association of America (AAA) receive a $10 discount off tickets to most Monday through Thursday home games. For details, visit cardinals.com/aaa.

 

  • Group Value Nights: Bring your group of 25 or more to the ballpark on select nights, and save up to 50% off the gate price! For details, visit cardinals.com/groupvalue.

 

  • Fill up at Phillips 66: Fill up with 10 gallons or more at your participating Phillips 66 and receive a special ticket offer for select games throughout the 2012 season. Details at cardinals.com/phillips66.

 

  • Cardinals/Six Flags Double Play Combo: Each Double Play Combo includes a ticket to a 2012 Cardinals game and one single-day admission to Six Flags for only $55! It’s your ticket for a summer full of family fun. Double Play Combos may be purchased at cardinals.com/sixflags or 314-345-9000.

 

  • Hunter Family Sundays: On most Sundays, fans who purchase individual tickets in RF Terrace or LF/RF Pavilion will receive a Hunter hot dog and a Coca-Cola.

 

  • KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets: The Cardinals are pleased to team up with KMOX 1120 to offer the KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets. At 9 a.m. on the day of each game, fans may purchase a voucher good for two tickets to that day’s game for a total cost of $11.20 ($5.60 per ticket). The voucher may be redeemed for tickets 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the game. The tickets may be anywhere in the park, depending on availability.

 

  • Dynamic Deals of the Week: The Cardinals’ value-based dynamic pricing system allows them to offer outstanding ticket savings to fans throughout the season. Special values will be highlighted each Monday as part of the “Dynamic Deals of the Week” promotion. Since the launch of dynamic pricing last season, 80% of games were priced lower in 2011 than 2010, with two-thirds of the games having tickets priced for $10 or less. A third of the games had tickets available for only $5. Fans can sign up to receive weekly Dynamic Deal emails at cardinals.com or by visiting the Cardinals on Facebook and Twitter. Beginning Monday, fans can purchase $23 Lower R/L Field Box tickets for July 2, 3, 4 & 5 games against the Rockies.

 

  • North Star Ice Cream Sundays: All Sundays, starting two hours prior to every home game, enjoy games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats (while supplies last) in the Ford Plaza.
  • First Annual Graduation Day Tickets On Sale Now: Attention graduates! Sunday, July 1st, when the Cards host the Pirates, it's Graduation Day at Busch Stadium. Whether you’re graduating from elementary school, middle school, high school, college, or any other type of graduation, the Cardinals would like to congratulate you on a job well done. Join your fellow classmates in celebrating your graduation with game tickets for only $15! Included in your ticket cost is an opportunity to parade around the field in your cap pre-game and a FREE hot dog and soda at the concession stand. Parents, this makes the perfect gift for your graduating son/daughter. Reserve your tickets today at cardinals.com/graduation.

 

 

Cardinals in the Community

Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation, is celebrating 15-years of supporting children.  Since 1997 Cardinals Care has invested nearly $18 million in “Caring for Kids” both on and off the baseball field.  Cardinals Care has provided nearly $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations and built 19 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods. 

 

Cardinals Care also runs Redbird Rookies, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year. The organization holds several events throughout the homestand:

  • Cardinals Care 6k: Registration is now open for the third annual “Cardinals Care 6K” set for Sunday, September 16th.  This year, in addition to the 6k – which has a lower fundraising minimum – fans can participate in a One Mile Fun Run. Over the last 2 years, Cardinals Care has raised more than $300,000 through this event to help kids in our community. Those interested in participating are encouraged to learn more and register at cardinals.com/6K.

 

  • Papa John’s Pizza is offering a Cardinals Win Special: All season long, you can use the Promo Code: CARDSWIN at Papajohns.com every day after the Cardinals win for 40% OFF! Papa John's will also donate 10% of every CARDSWIN order to the Siteman Cancer Center.

 

  • Rawlings Replay: Throughout the season, fans are encouraged to donate new or gently used baseball and softball equipment at special bins located throughout Busch Stadium, as part of “Rawlings Replay.” Established in 2011, “Rawlings Replay,” supports Redbird Rookies, the flagship program of Cardinals Care, which provides disadvantaged youth with the opportunity to play baseball for free, as well as a variety of other support services. Fans are also encouraged to donate at St. Louis area Johnny Mac’s locations and receive a special discount in-store on new Rawlings products. Members of the Cardinals Kids Club (cardinals.com/kidsclub) receive an additional voucher, good for two tickets to a 2012 game, if donations are made at Johnny Mac’s.

 

 

 

For more information on Cardinals promotions and scheduled events visit cardinals.com/promotions.